The latest ways to impress the client for your next educational building include specifying maintenance-free vinyl floors, easy-fit conduits and plumbing, and modular designs for entire schools

More colours in vinyl range

Mannington has introduced new colours to its slip-retardant range of vinyl. The Assurance range now has 27 shades including cayenne red, deep blue, black and saffron. Mannington says the vinyl does not require polish, wax or other treatments, thereby saving labour and material costs.

Mannington 303

Easy-to-sand plasterboard jointing

Knauf Drywall has launched two jointing products for plasterboard in the UK. Both products in the Easy Sand range can be used to bed tapes, finish joints or as a finish over the gypsum-based Knauf Joint Filler. Knauf Drywall says that Joint Cement Easy Sand is easier to sand than Joint Cement Super Smooth, which it replaces. The other product, Ready Mix Lite Easy Sand, can be used directly from the tub.

Knauf Drywall 304

Architectural door accessories

Laidlaw has launched the Contract range of architectural door furniture. The range is available in three finishes: satin stainless steel, polished stainless steel and satin aluminium. Laidlaw is also providing a range of complementary cylinders and hinges.

Laidlaw 305

DIN style lock range

Union Architectural Hardware has launched the 2C2 modular lock range, which is a European DIN style lock with 72 mm centres, a 55 mm backset and a 20 mm double-throw deadbolt. All bolts and latches are in stainless steel. The full range comprises 2C21 sash Lock, 2C22 deadlock, 2C23 latch, 2C24 nightlatch, 2C26 escape lock and the 2C27 bathroom lock. There are four decorative finishes available and the locks have been designed to cater for the pre-prepared door market.

Union 306

Modular schools for the future

Yorkon has developed a modular design for schools in partnership with Cartwright Pickard Architects. It was developed in response to the government’s Building Schools for the Future initiative. The design has classrooms based around a central area that contains larger spaces, such as a library, hall and dining area. A choice of exterior finishes is available including timber, metal or terracotta cladding, rendering and brickwork. Yorkon has also developed a whole-life costing tool.

Yorkon 302

Pre-wired conduit system

Conduit system maker Adaptaflex has launched the Korifit system, which comes complete with cables. The idea is to remove the need to thread though cables after the conduits have been installed. Korifit pre-wired conduits use the full range of Korifit one-piece, push-on fittings, including straight, 90° and straight one-piece couplers.

Adaptaflex 301

Suspended lighting

Cooper Lighting and Security has added three models of suspended lighting systems to its Compton Lighting range. At the top of the range is the Synthesis luminaire, which has a slimline 66 mm deep profile. The Laserline is a mid-range product designed for modern interiors and the Wafer T5 is aimed at specifiers with tighter budgets.

Cooper Lighting and Security 308

Loft access hatches

Cavity Trays of Yeovil has extended its range of fire-rated products with the launch of two loft access hatches. The Cavi 60 and Cavi 120 Type PC Lofthatches are designed to be used in domestic, commercial and educational buildings. The Cavi 60 has a fire rating of 60 minutes and the Cavi 120 achieves two hours of fire integrity. The models have a door opening of 745 × 530 mm and are made of steel with a fire barrier infill.

Cavity Trays 307

Connector for solvent weld pipes

The push-fit Easy Boss waste pipe connector from Multikwik can now accept 32 mm and 40 mm solvent weld pipes thanks to a new adaptor. Easy Boss can already be used for connecting 1.25 inch and 1.5 inch push-fit waste pipes to standard soil stacks. The connector does not require straps, so avoids the need for all-round access to the soil pipe. Easy Boss is available in grey and black and has been tested to withstand pressure from a 5 m head of water.

Multikwik 309

Bright walls for brighter kids

Render from Dutch company Strikolith has given the NuNu Nursery in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, a welcoming dash
of colour. A range of Strikolith products was used to finish the nursery in the Midlands-based nursery chain’s trademark purple. Strikolith lightweight MEP Plus render was applied directly to blockwork and allowed to cure before a low-maintenance Prestige silicone plaster was added to achieve the coloured finish.

Strikolith 310